The Board of Aldermen Approved the CARES Utilities and Housing Assistance Program
The Smithville CARES Utility and Housing Assistance Program, funded through federal CARES Act Funding, was created to assist Smithville residents directly impacted by loss of income due to COVID-19 with housing and utility bills. The program will expend up to $25,000 total in grants beginning August 19, 2020 and will accept applications until funds run out.
The program will be administered by The Northland Assistance Center. Funds would be paid directly from The Northland Assistance Center to the landlord, mortgage holder, or utility provider. Utilities includes gas, electric, water, wastewater, trash, and internet bills. Recipients are eligible to receive both housing and utility assistance, but may only receive assistance once every six months. Requests for assistance will be verified through the Mid America Assistance Center database to ensure applicants are not receiving duplicate payments for that service. To receive assistance, residents must call The Northland Assistance Center, identify themselves as Smithville residents, set up an appointment and provide documentation which may include proof of residency, identification, proof of income, and a letter or utility bill from the landlord, mortgage company and/or utility provider.
Call The Northland Assistance Center at (816) 421-2243 to make an appointment. Please be aware the Northland Assistance Center is receiving a high call volume due to COVID-19 programs so Smithville residents are advised to call after Noon and be patient and persistent in getting through the line.